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Stephen Jackson Says He Quit on Bobcats When Gerald Wallace Was Traded

Stephen Jackson will be playing for his seventh different NBA team this year. An 11-year veteran, Jackson has bounced around about as much as possible and been relatively productive wherever he’s gone. When the Bucks take on the Bobcats on Monday, he will be taking taking on the most recent of his former teams, the Bobcats.  According to Jackson, he gave up on Charlotte when Gerald Wallace was traded to the Blazers last February.

“When Gerald left, I really left,’’ Jackson said Monday according to the Charlotte Observer. “Considering what we did (getting to) the playoffs, and then all those changes. To take Gerald away really took a lot out of me. I still was trying to do my job as best I can, but it was a lot harder.  When they got rid of Gerald, that let me know they didn’t want to win. I didn’t want to be part of a place like that.’’

There are plenty of veterans who have been stuck on rebuilding teams that feel the same way, but most keep it to themselves.  Jackson said he feels as though the Bucks give him a better chance to reach the playoffs, but he has “no hard feelings” toward his former team.  However, Milwaukee was 35-47 a year ago and is a team with a number of holes.  Jackson said he wasn’t going to be happy “just losing” in Charlotte, so should Bucks fans be worried?  Their new player has basically admitted he calls it quits when times are tough.

Chest bump to I Am a GM for the story.

NBA TV Ratings: Bobcats and Bucks Attendance Higher Than TV Viewership

The NBA’s local TV ratings are in and some of the numbers are not pretty. As expected, some of the top teams in the league have very good ratings while the teams at the bottom are struggling mightily. Actually, struggling mightily would be an understatement. The Nets posted a rating of 0.29, so yeah — literally nobody cares about the Nets yet despite Mikhail Prokhorov’s tough talk.

Deadspin called our attention to the most alarming note from Sports Business Journal‘s ratings (which can be seen in their entirety here).  The Charlotte Bobcats averaged 15,846 fans per home game this season.  That number certainly isn’t great, but it’s not terrible as it ranks 21st in the league.  The Milwaukee Bucks averaged an attendance of 15,412, which put them at 23rd in the league.  What’s embarrassing is that both of these teams averaged less household viewership than attendance, with Milwuakee bringing in an average of 13,000 viewers and Charlotte 12,000.

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There Was Nothing Wrong with the Name

Until that no-talent carpet bagger decided to start taking coaching jobs all over the place, sullying the name that is Larry Brown. I know many of you have been eagerly awaiting a response to my namesake taking a job with the Bobcats, so I’ll have at it. First of all, I would like to say that I was planning on this ass clown being done with his coaching career by the time I actually started doing productive things with my life like masturbating caged animals for a living writing a sports site and giving scores on the radio. I tried the whole middle initial thing for a while there in college, but Larry W. Brown never seemed right. Neither did Laurence Brown, nor L. Whitney Brown as it were. I’ve always just been Larry Brown. So now I’m just waiting for this dude to kick the coaching bucket. So anyway …

This is probably a good move for Mr. Brown. He goes to a team with no expectations, no culture of winning, and no history of success. He can easily step in and be the savior, making the franchise respectable and blow their mind by taking Charlotte to the playoffs. There was no way Larry was going to end his career on the Knicks note. But now he can be the charmed prince just by leading this team to the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference — a feat well within his means. It’s a talented roster with some good pieces in place. Hopefully he leads the turnaround and sends Charlotte to the playoffs next season, and then retires following his second year there, after they’ve won their first playoff series in franchise history. That’s the sort of the timeline I have in my head, and I’m guessing both LB and MJ are thinking the same thing. Then he can ride off into the sunset and never be heard from again, and I can go on living my life without this Waldo mucking everything up.